The backing of the group could be instrumental in helping the school district pass the tax measure, which leaders say it needs to avoid drastic cuts.
The school board pledged to continue discussions in the next week with the Indy Chamber, which released an alternative proposal last week calling for massive spending cuts and a significantly smaller tax increase.
In a plan unveiled Wednesday, the Indy Chamber is proposing sweeping cuts to save Indianapolis Public Schools nearly $500 million over eight years—and drastically slash the amount the district would seek from taxpayers in referendums.
At the same time Indianapolis Public Schools is closing campuses, a charter network is starting a high school—just blocks from the just-closed John Marshall building on the city’s far-east side.
The revelation that about 1 percent of the district’s teaching force will have its contracts canceled comes after weeks of uncertainty over how many teachers might lose their jobs.
The Indy Chamber said it has “identified dozens of recommendations that add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings” for Indianapolis Public Schools.
Le Boler, who served as chief strategist, was one of several staffers who followed Ferebee from North Carolina when he was hired in 2013.
All it takes to know that Purdue Polytechnic High School is doing something different is a walk through the campus in the basement of a technology office building in downtown Indianapolis.
The proposed request—which comes three months after the school district abruptly withdrew referendums from the May ballot—is the first piece of a new plan to increase school funding.
The payments were offered to educators who notified the district by April 20 that they planned to retire. The district emailed teachers this week to tell them the agreement was approved and they would receive the payments.
The finance update outlines a plan for cutting nearly $21 million from the cash-strapped district’s $269 million general fund budget for 2018-19.
The IPS district is seeing some of the effects of high school closings and budget woes on educators. Here’s a look at the latest numbers.
A minimum of 100 and a maximum of 150 educators would have to accept the offer for the district to go through with it. If 150 teachers accept the $20,000, the payouts could cost the district as much as $3 million.
It’s the newest effort by Indianapolis education leaders to build the pool of teachers at a time when many schools struggle to fill teaching vacancies and rely on temporary educators.
The school district’s decision to postpone planned ballot measures for $725 million raises questions about why leadership couldn’t get it right the first time.
Students in Indianapolis’ largest district will likely start and end school at different times next year. But when it comes to choosing a new schedule, the district is facing tension.
A politically influential group representing real estate agents is taking the rare step of opposing Indianapolis Public Schools’ $725 million proposal to raise property taxes to increase school funding.
District officials said they still expect to be able to give raises to teachers if the referendums pass.
The Indianapolis Public Schools board is likely consider a proposal next week that would reduce the district’s planned funding request. IPS officials have been planning to ask voters for up to $936 million over eight years.